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March Madness 2021: The Elite 8 (Day 2)

Unfortunately, Arkansas was not quite able to pull the upset, which leaves the group’s bracket challenge in an interesting position with the rest of the Final Four to be decided tonight. Gonzaga and Michigan are the favorites, but two Pac-12 schools can turn the tournament on its head tonight.

USC vs. Gonzaga

The Zags come in at -9 point favorites and 3 games away from history. The task in front of them is a pesky USC team that has gotten hot at the right time. The Trojans are playing great defense, hitting their shots, and rebounding well. However, they face a tall task tonight in the best team in the country. While they are on a roll, the Trojans are still turning the ball over themselves to much and that will be a huge factor in tonight’s game.

The Zags need to continue taking it one game at a time if they want to make history. Focus on the Trojans and then get ready for the final weekend. I am taking the Zags to win and cover this evening.

UCLA vs. Michigan

The matchup that could turn the tournament on its head. UCLA is also playing very well. They are lighting it up from 3, shoot well from the field, and avoid many turnovers. They played decent defense against Alabama and hung with the Tide in the rebounding department. Tonight’s task is even more difficult with the trees Michigan has in the post. The difference for the Bruins will be turnovers and rebounding. If they can hang with the Wolverines and keep the rebounding margin under +-10 and stay under 12 turnovers, they will have a great chance at pulling the upset.

Michigan is playing great basketball and is ready for the showdown this weekend against Gonzaga in the Final Four. They need to avoid overlooking the Bruins though. They are favored at -6.5 and they should cover that. They need to avoid going cold from the field and keeping the Bruins in the game. As long as they do what they are capable of, they should dominate on the glass, win, and cover this evening to set up an incredible Final Four weekend!

After tonight the Final Four will be set and the calm before a hectic Saturday night will set in as the anticipation for one final upset and history are building. Good luck on your bets this evening!

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